Whether running in grueling ultramarathons or examining brain cells with microscopes he builds himself, neurobiologist Ian Parker brings intensity to everything he does. That includes photography. Parker has traveled the world with his camera — scaling cliffs, lying in puddles, sleeping outside in the cold, fighting altitude sickness — all to get a great shot. He's also taken some stunning photographs right in his own backyard — at UCI. Here are a half-dozen of his favorite images, which offer a fresh perspective on the campus. Says Parker: "I try to capture the spirit, the emotion of a place."
Chemistry professor John C. Hemminger was appointed vice chancellor for research, effective Nov. 1. Dean of the School of Physical Sciences since 2006, Hemminger is a nationally recognized chemist whose research has yielded significant advances in nanotechnology manufacturing, efforts to combat atmospheric pollution and, most recently, solar fuels. The vice chancellor for research oversees about $300 million annually in research contracts and grants, ensuring that they meet strict compliance requirements, and distributes key seed money to promising new research areas.
Two seniors dedicated to compassionate healing were awarded the 2010-11 XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship, established at UCI in 2004 to recognize students committed to ethical leadership, peace and positive global relations. Bethel Mesgana and Doug Cheung will receive $7,500 each and share an additional $2,500 to create an undergraduate course and public forum promoting the holistic understanding of illness and healing.
Environmental microbiologist Adam Martiny will lead a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation study of biodiversity in the world's oceans and how it's affecting and being affected by climate change. An assistant professor of Earth system science and ecology & evolutionary biology, Martiny will focus on the ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus in plankton and its role in regulating global nutrient cycles.
Evelyn Eleanor Huston, former assistant university librarian and head of public services, died at Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Pomona Sept. 14. She was 98. Born in Pomona on Oct. 13, 1911, Huston launched a 41-year career as a librarian in 1934. She worked at the University of Southern California and UCLA before starting her 9-year tenure at UCI in 1966. Memorial donations may be sent to the Library Fund at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, 900 E. Harrison Ave., Pomona, CA 91767.